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leicsmac last won the day on 25 March 2017

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  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50468025 I guess this doesn't change much, really - the US has been treating them as functionally legal for the last four decades anyway. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50466038 Seems like threatening the bottom line does sometimes yield results. "But muh freedom to make LGBT folks lives a misery in whatever (legal) way I can"......my friend, read Poppers Paradox of Tolerance.
  2. The really confusing (and irritating) thing about folks who think the way Folau does is this: if they really believe that their god is ready and willing to mete out terrible deathly vengeance on an indiscriminate scale (followed by an eternity of damnation) simply because humanity didn't follow the "rules" that god set because free will...then what exactly makes such a clearly tyrannical and frankly petty and mean spirited image of a god worth paying homage to anyway? When I've asked this in the past I usually get the "mysterious ways" line as a response...which seems to be a pretty generic coverall for some pretty malevolent behaviour from what is said to be an entirely benevolent entity.
  3. ...unsure if this is ironic or actually sincere? I mean, I know social Darwinism has had a bit of an uptick of late, but... This is purely speculative on my part, but I reckon it's perhaps a little of column A and a little of column B. As you say, text-based conversation (which is what conversation is relying upon more and more, despite the increasing ease of video communication over large distances) does not really lend itself well to deep conversation when you're absent tone, body language and delivery. I, for one, do not think I dig out the sarcasm half as much in a face to face conversation as it appears that I do here. So, I do think it's fair that the way we communicate does have something to do with it all. However, over the last few years, that there have been tough times for a lot of people in a lot of developed countries has IMO led to what it did in the past: people more ready to circle the wagons with respect to their personal ideology, to "defend what they have/are" and to be more sure that only the plan they themselves have can make things right again. Such polarisation doesn't tend to happen (as much) in more prosperous times, which says a lot about the seemingly classical human response to stressful situations, to be honest. So I think it's a sign of the times, too.
  4. Yeah, I figured you had, that's what I was driving at. Really don't think it's arrogant to point out just how polarised and frankly stuck discourse is right now if one then acknowledges they contribute to it too through their own views. All of that being said, lamenting it is all well and good but there also needs to be ideas going forward on how to somehow make it right...and on that I have absolutely no idea.
  5. I'm thinking there's bigger flaws in democracy than this one specifically...but if you're talking about populist lies that appeal to a crowd for the sake of votes and totally disregard the future, then I'm totally with you.
  6. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50438614 Hopefully having hit the targets in testing, finding sponsors for the final push next year shouldn't be difficult.
  7. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50445743 He's right on two points: - ideology doesn't mean anything unless you get the power needed to apply it, and in a democracy that means you need at least a fair few people agreeing with you. - there's no point in completely breaking the system without a plan otherwise all you're going to get is a barbaric contest to see who will be king of the ashes.
  8. Polarisation is what it is, it's more obvious now in the UK and in other places than it used to be and I think it's possible to accept that while at the same time having the self-awareness that you yourself are polarised on some issues and are therefore contributing to the problem.
  9. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50438041 This could, unfortunately, merely be the start.
  10. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50428537 Quite possibly the first congressional hearing to stop mid-stream to analyse a Tweet from the subject of that same hearing in real-time.
  11. And just picked up the Lord of The Rings once again - try to reread once every couple of years. Still remains, in terms of narrative and worldbuilding, the greatest story ever told IMO.
  12. Hmmm...I would go with TBoD first, yes, and then the HDM trilogy. Enjoy.
  13. It's splendid, faithful to the books for the most part thus far and the casting is pretty much spot on.
  14. Words, particularly words that people believe, are important, and therefore clarity of communication is important IMO. But yep - that right there is a message I can get behind, more mutual support around the world can only be a good thing.
  15. That's right, the viewpoint is going to be skewed...and yet, a lot of the people who come out with the ideals about absolute personal responsibility categorically fail to qualify their remarks in that way and therefore by extension and inference include people like those in far flung places who have nothing in the argument. They are human and a part of a society, after all. And the fact that there are people out there who still do not have those two bottom-tier Maslows needs ticked off despite in all likelihood working their arses off if anything proves the point about luck and the actions of other people being a big factor in it all. Of course someone born in a Western country (there's that luck again) is going to have more opportunities and I certainly begrudge no-one the ideal of working hard and maximising their potential and "making it". As you say, there's nothing wrong with that. What I take issue with is slogans like the one above that imply that hard work and luck are somehow heavily (rather than just in passing) interconnected and by implication hard work will make you more lucky and prosperous, no matter your original circumstances. That's far too close to "Prosperity Gospel" (the rich are rich because they always deserve to be, and likewise the poor deserve to be poor, because God wouldn't make it any other way) belief for me. Yes, it's only an "inspiring" slogan, but it's a misleading one.
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